The newly appointed Minister for Tourism and IT Alphons Kannanthanam is in dilemma over whether to advocate beef or not.
Though he’s not the Minister of Food, his recent remarks on the food codes for tourists visiting India had sparked controversy.
While speaking at the annual convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operator in Bhubaneswar, the Minister said tourists visiting India should “have beef in their country and come to India.”
The Minister was responding to a question whether beef ban will affect tourism in the country or not.
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Eat beef in your country and then come to India, says newly sworn in Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam pic.twitter.com/Vx6KfQHK8d
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 8, 2017
Earlier, on the first day in office on 5th September, the Minister had said there is no restriction for beef in Kerala or Goa. He also reiterated then that people have the freedom to choose their food.
However, in Bhubaneswar, the Minister denied this saying that he was misquoted by the media on his comments on Goa and Kerala.
Now, the Minister has taken another U-turn by stating that people can eat whatever they want.
“I don’t eat beef. People in each state can eat whatever they want.” He also added there’s already a beef ban in New Delhi, and BJP can’t be blamed for that.
While answering the queries on his earlier statement in Bhubaneswar, the Minister said it was a wrong interpretation by a journalist who couldn’t follow English.
“What I said was that the purpose of their visit is to see India, and not eat beef,” he said in an interview to Malayala Manorama.
With his somersault on the topic of beef ban, the Minister has been trolled thoroughly in social media. He was also being ridiculed for his recent comparison of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile Kerala BJP is preparing to welcome the Minister tomorrow. Reports suggest that the BJP faction in Kerala is unhappy over choice of Kannanthanam as Minister, and not in a jovial mood to welcome the Minister. It is learnt that senior Kerala leaders like Kummanam Rajashekharan and K Surendran are unaware of this appointment.